Deb­o­rah Nolan

CardMaker - - Meet The Designers - By Brooke Smith

We are ex­cited to wel­come Deb­o­rah Nolan as one of our reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tors to CardMaker. In each is­sue, Deb­o­rah shares a dif­fer­ent tech­nique-based ar­ti­cle along with projects show­cas­ing that tech­nique with us. Her love for pa­per-craft­ing tech­niques shines through in her work, and she al­ways has great card-mak­ing tips to share! We in­vite you to join us as we learn more about this multi-tal­ented wife, mom, teacher and de­signer.

Please tell us a lit­tle bit about your­self and how long you’ve been in­volved with pa­per craft­ing.

I teach col­lege com­mu­ni­ca­tion cour­ses, which is nice be­cause the non­tra­di­tional sched­ule al­lows me to spend more time with my fam­ily and mak­ing cards! I be­came in­ter­ested in pa­per craft­ing 13 years ago shortly af­ter my daugh­ter was born. One could ar­gue that scrap­book­ing was my “gate­way drug” be­cause I even­tu­ally found my­self mak­ing more cards and fewer pages. I started be­com­ing ac­tive on­line in 2008 and was de­lighted to find other card mak­ers at the Hero Arts Flickr group. I was se­lected as one of the first Hero Arts Hostesses and am honored to co­or­di­nate the an­nual Host­ess Blog Hop. I started blog­ging and have been a mem­ber of var­i­ous man­u­fac­turer de­sign teams. Last year, CardMaker mag­a­zine pub­lished an ar­ti­cle I wrote and then in­vited me to be­come a reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor (which put me so far over the moon I’ve still not landed).

What are the top five pa­per-craft­ing es­sen­tials you are never with­out?

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What is your fa­vorite kind of card to cre­ate (birth­day, thank you, etc.)?

My fa­vorite kind of card to cre­ate is prob­a­bly the “all-oc­ca­sion/generic” card be­cause then I have no re­stric­tions and can fol­low the cre­ative muse wher­ever she takes me.

Do you have a fa­vorite pa­per-craft­ing tech­nique?

I don’t think there’s a name for this tech­nique, but the re­sults are stun­ning. Stamp a back­ground im­age with em­boss­ing ink on water­color pa­per, ap­ply white em­boss­ing pow­der and heat-set it. Cover the en­tire sur­face with ran­domly ap­plied Dis­tress ink (us­ing three col­ors works best). Add Ranger Per­fect Pearls to wa­ter and spritz it onto the im­age. Af­ter the pa­per dries, clean the em­bossed por­tions with a baby wipe. Stand back and mar­vel at how cool it looks!

My fa­vorite kind of card

to cre­ate is prob­a­bly the

“all-oc­ca­sion/generic”

card be­cause then I have

no re­stric­tions and can

fol­low the cre­ative muse

wher­ever she takes me.

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